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Comets top Rockets in Normal

Sterling works past Eastland for third place at Dixon tourney

Sterling's Kiarra Harris goes up for a basket in front of Eastland's Whitney Runkle during the third-place game at the Dixon Holiday Tournament on Saturday evening at Lancaster Gym. Sterling won 54-41.
Sterling's Kiarra Harris goes up for a basket in front of Eastland's Whitney Runkle during the third-place game at the Dixon Holiday Tournament on Saturday evening at Lancaster Gym. Sterling won 54-41.

The Newman Comets held the Rock Falls Rockets to seven first-half points Saturday at the State Farm Classic, then held on for a 44-38 victory to claim the seventh-place consolation game at Normal Community High School.

Julie Hurd scored 11 points for the Comets (4-9), and Kayci Howell added nine on three 3-pointers. Mary Alice Oswalt had eight points, and Sarah Trujillo chipped in seven in Newman’s balanced effort.

Emily Sauer’s 14 points led the Rockets (6-10), who trailed 24-7 at the break. Danica Fortune hit a pair of 3s and added eight points.

Dixon tournament

Sterling 54, Eastland 41: The Golden Warriors used a 12-6 first-quarter run and a 19-13 fourth-quarter surge to win third place the KSB/Dixon Holiday Tournament.

Kaitlyn Bauer scored 18 points, Gabby Sandoval had 16, and Kiarra Harris finished with 16 for Sterling (10-7). Lexis Macomber had 10 points for the Cougars (13-3).

Dixon 46, Aurora Christian 45: Sparked by Brooke Bailey’s 27 points, the Duchesses outscored Aurora Christian 19-4 in the fourth quarter for a come-from-behind win in the consolation championship at their own tournament.

Bailey hit all six of Dixon’s 3-pointers, while Carly Hartle added eight points and Maggie Bushman had seven for the Duchesses (10-5). Alyssa Anderson’s 16 points led the Eagles.

Oregon 63, Lutheran 44: The Hawks cruised to seventh place at the KSB/Dixon Holiday Tournament, led by Sam Lambrigtsen’s 31 points.

Emy Wright added 14 points for Oregon (11-6). Kailyn Strawbridge scored 15 to lead the Crusaders (7-4), and Abby Woollacott had 12.

Dunlap 48, Sterling 27: The Warriors scored just five points after halftime in a semifinal loss in Dixon.

Gabby Sandoval’s 11 points led the way for Sterling. Brianna Henson scored 14 for Dunlap.

Boylan 50, Eastland 30: The Cougars trailed 27-9 at halftime and never recovered in a semifinal loss at Dixon.

Lexis Macomber had eight points, and Breah Bookman scored six for Eastland. Kayla Steward hit four 3s and finished with 16 points for the Titans.

Dixon 60, Pekin 56, OT: The Duchesses earned a berth in the consolation championship game with an overtime victory over the Dragons.

Brooke Bailey paced Dixon with 23 points, Carly Hartle had 14, and Tyler Smith added 11.

Lexie Yeley led Pekin with 13 points, Jesse Ulrich had 12 and Abigail Lowman added 10.

Stillman Valley 60, Oregon 40: Emy Wright led the Hawks with 13 points, and Sam Lambrigtsen added 11 in a loss to the Cardinals.

Abby Timm scored 20 points for Stillman Valley, Macy Weaver had 16 and Sydney Shelburne added 10.

Amboy tournament

Marquette 48, AFC 40: The Raiders managed just 12 points in the second and third quarters, then saw their comeback bid fall short in the third-place game at Amboy.

Alisyn Essex led the way with 11 points for AFC (10-4), and Cassidy Koning hit three 3s for nine points. Allison Prestegaard chipped in six points, 10 rebounds and five blocks.

Kendall Kaufmann scored a game-high 24 points for Marquette.

Erie tournament

Monmouth-Roseville 45, Bureau Valley 26: Helena Osk Arnadottir scored seven points for the Storm (7-7) in a loss to the Titans.

Dyesha Taylor led Monmouth-Roseville with 14 points, and Destiny Smith added 11.

Mercer County 42, Fulton 36: Betsy Leonard scored nine points, and Averi Leitzen added eight for the Steamers (3-12) in a loss to the Golden Eagles.

Michaela Baker scored 13 points for Mercer County, and Kristen Heath added 10.

Ridgewood 54, Morrison 43: Lakin Goodman paced the Fillies (8-9) with 13 points, and Chelsea Eads added 11 in a loss to the Rebels.

Jasmine Jefko led Ridgewood with 17 points.

Knoxville 56, Erie 37: The Cardinals trailed 28-16 by halftime and couldn’t catch up in a Warkins Cardinal Classic loss.

Laykin Miner’s 13 points led Erie (8-5), while Emily Cox added eight. Knoxville’s Megan Axcell had 19.


Hall 50, West Carroll 38: Abby Maike scored 14 points for the Thunder (3-12) in a loss to the Red Devils in the seventh-place game at


Dixon 5th at Reavis: Top-15 individual performances by Katlyn Bay and Emily Quaco propelled the Duchesses to fifth place at the 26-team Reavis Rock ‘n’ Roll Invite at EL-mar Bowl in Bridgeview.

Bay’s 1,179 six-game series was good enough for 13th overall, and featured the fifth-highest game of 253 in her afternoon 661 three-game total.

Quaco was two spots lower in 15th, rolling a 1,165 over six games, including a 243 high game and a 610 in the afternoon.

Metea Valley won the team title (5,741 pins) and saw Jordan Newham take individual honors (1,356).

Saturday’s stars

Brooke Bailey, Dixon, 50 points in 2 Dixon tournament wins

Sam Lambrigtsen, Oregon, 42 points in 2 Dixon tournament games

Katlyn Bay, Dixon bowling, 13th at 26-team Reavis Invite

Emily Quaco, Dixon bowling, 15th at 26-team Reavis Invite

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